Whereabouts of arrested monk unknown

A reliable source from Tibet has reported the arrest of a 58 year-old monk named Bhagzo (English: Mask maker) of Chokla Monastery in Rinpung Dzong under Shigatse Prefecture where he was responsible for the overall management of the monastery.

Bhagzo was arrested by Public Security Officials in July 1996 for the alleged possession of audio cassettes which contained detailed information on the Panchen Lama reincarnate recognised by the Dalai Lama and for recording and transcribing news broadcasts from the Voice of America. The present whereabouts of Bhagzo are unknown and his family and relatives are very concerned for his safety. He is commonly known by this nick name rather than his actual name.

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